Ulster beat Castres to seal Heineken Cup qtr final

Ulster secured their place in the Heineken Cup quarter finals when they beat Castres 8-9 at Stade Pierre Antoine.

Last season’s beaten finalists Ulster rounded off their European Cup pool campaign
with their first win in France at their 15th attempt.

All their points came from the boot of South African Ruan Pienaar, but a weakened
side were unable to get the bonus point that would have strengthened their chances
of getting a home quarter-final.

The 1999 European Cup winners – who topped Pool Four – will have to wait till
the end of the weekend and the outcome of the other matches to see if they entertain
their quarter-final opponents in Belfast.

Castres went into the final 20 minutes with an 8-6 lead, Remy Lamerat’s try
and South African kicker Rory Kockott’s penalty giving them the edge, who had
two Pienaar penalties to their credit.

Pienaar, who had been moved to fly-half from scrum-half for the match, sent
Ulster into the lead for the first time with a penalty in the 64th minute.

Final Score Castres 8 (8) Ulster 9 (6)


Tries: Lamerat
Penalties: Kockott

Penalties: Pienaar 3

Match Officials
Nigel Owens (Wal),
Assistant ref: Sean Bricknell (Wal),
Assistant ref: Jonathan Mason (Wal),
TMO: Derek Bevan (Wal),
Citing Commissioner: Wade Dooley (Eng)


Castres Olympique: Pierre Bernard; Max Evans, Seremaia Bai, Remy Lamerat, Marcel Garvey; Remi Tales, Rory Kockott; Yannick Forestier, Marc-Antoine Rallier, Anton Peikrishvili, Matthias Rolland (c), Christophe Samson, Mathieu Babillot, Piula Faasalele, Pedrie Wannenburg.

Replacements: Brice Mach, Saimone Taumoepeau, Hai Lazar, Joe Tekori, Thierry Lacrampe, Jannie Bornman, Paul Bonnefond, Marc Andreu.

Ulster Rugby: Craig Gilroy; Andrew Trimble, Darren Cave, Paddy Wallace, Mike Allen; Ruan Pienaar, Paul Marshall; Tom Court, Rory Best, John Afoa, Lewis Stevenson, Neil McComb, Robbie Diack, Chris Henry (c), Roger Wilson.

Replacements: Rob Herring, Callum Black, Declan Fitzpatrick, Iain Henderson, Mike McComish, Michael Heaney, Paddy Jackson, Chris Cochrane.

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